Local Returning Officer Melvyn Farrell declares the result of the
Gibraltar European Elections 2009.
The Conservative Party secured majority support from Gibraltar
voters in this year’s European elections, obtaining 51.93% of the
votes on a disappointingly low turnout.
The Labour Party achieved the second-largest number of votes with
18.53% with the Liberal Democrats, which included Gibraltarian Jonathan
Stagnetto in its lineup, came a close third in the count with 17.71%
of Gibraltar votes.
Gordon Hirst, the Conservative election agent, said he was happy with the
Conservative campaign, which included a visit by Tory heavyweight William Hague
in the run-up to the vote.
The election and the count was handled by a team of civil servants under the
direction of the local returning officer, Melvyn Farrell. They began counting
votes in the John Mackintosh Hall at 6.30pm.
The work was trouble-free and by 8.15pm the count was over, though the results
were not announced until 10.15pm.
The election agents congratulated Mr Farrell and his team for a job well done.
"You have run an exceptionally proficient election," Mr Hirst said.